T he Pentagon released the names of two soldiers killed by gunfire while fighting in Afghanistan.
Both servicemen were special forces and were killed Wednesday in Fariab province, Afghanistan by a small arms fire. The Pentagon identified the two as 31-year-old master Sgt. Louis DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, MA and M.Sc. Jose Gonzalez, 35, from La Puente, California. Both were promoted posthumously to the rank.
The duo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. "It was an honor to have them serve in the ranks," said Colonel John W. Sannes, commander of Group 7, in a statement. "They were part of our family and will not be forgotten."
"Our priority now is to provide the best possible care for the families of our fallen warriors. We ask you to keep their families and teammates in your thoughts and prayers. ”
DeLeon-Figueroa served in the Army for over 13 years and became a Green Beret in 2014. Once on special force, he was stationed twice in Afghanistan and twice in South America. He was posthumously promoted to master sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
The Gonzalez family has requested for the time being not to release a photo or additional information about it.
Wednesday's deaths pushed the total number of servicemen killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan this year, at 14, for a maximum of five years. There are still about 14,000 US troops in the country, many of whom are supporting Afghan troops still fighting the Taliban.